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Shelter Series: "Mismanaging Homelessness in a Slow-Growth City" by Dr. Christopher Leo

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About nine years ago, the federal government launched an attack on the problem of homelessness. The discourse surrounding the policy was dominated by the problem of homelessness in Toronto. Homelessness, however, is a very different problem in Winnipeg and in other slow-growth cities than it is in Toronto. As a result, the program that was developed was inappropriate for Winnipeg.

The lesson is that, in many cases, national policy objectives can be met only if federal politicians and administrators are willing and able to accommodate those policies to local conditions and draw on local knowledge.

For more information:

Christopher Leo's Blog

http://blog.uwinnipeg.ca/ChristopherLeo/

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